O God, throughout the ages you have called
women and men to pursue lives of perfect
charity through the evangelical counsels of
poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this
Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks
for these courageous witnesses of Faith and
models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy
lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering
of ourselves to you. Continue to enrich
your Church by calling forth sons and daughters
who, having found the pearl of great
price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above
all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen.
During this season of advent, we eagerly await the coming of our Lord Jesus on Christmas Day. We follow the example of Mary who awaited the birth of her Son – her God. As the days of advent draw to a close, let us ask for the intercession of the Virgin Mary to allow God’s Will to be done in our lives at every moment.
We are thankful to God for the gift of two new postulants, Sister Maria Mercy and Sister M. Alexandria. Sister Alexandria entered on June 27th, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sister is named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Sister Maria Mercy entered on July 16th, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. May they both continue to grow in the knowledge and love of God!
The Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2, commemorating when Jospeh and Mary brought the infant Jesus to the Temple forty days after his birth to perform the ritual of purification. It is commonly referred as Candlemas, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today’s liturgy.
“In obedience to the Old Law, the Lord Jesus, the first-born, was presented in the Temple by his Blessed Mother and his foster father. This is another ‘epiphany’ celebration insofar as the Christ Child is revealed as the Messiah through the canticle and words of Simeon and the testimony of Anna the prophetess. Christ is the light of the nations, hence the blessing and procession of candles on this day. In the Middle Ages this feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or ‘Candlemas,’ was of great importance.” — From Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year
Below are pictures from the Candlemas at Saint Elizabeth Home in Janesville, WI.
The day after Thanksgiving the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church celebrate Mother Marie Alma Day. We remember the great legacy our foundress left the congregation.
The morning began with Sister M. Mark sharing the great experiences she and Mother Marie Julie had in Rome last summer. It was wonderful seeing all of the pictures from their pilgrimage.
Later in the afternoon Mother David and Mother Marie Julie rekindled the Sisters’ spirits through their heartfelt words and asked for the Holy Spirit’s Fire to burn within our hearts. “Our Motherhouse is on fire with the love of God! Call 911!,” Mother Marie Julie said. This spiritual renewal concluded with a rededication ceremony in the chapel.
The Sisters at the Motherhouse are very happy to welcome Father Benedict from the Friars of the Immaculate to come offer Holy Mass for us. Today his homily was on the degrees of patience. The first degree is when you accept some suffering and you say, “Fiat” or I accept this. The second degree is the flowering of the virtue, the fourth is the fruit when you have joy in suffering and the fourth degree is when you prefer suffering to pleasure. This is what St. Francis called perfect joy, when everything goes wrong and you are united to Jesus on the Cross. What better place to be than that? And we can only be there if we have the privilege to suffer something. Don’t forget to offer it because there is much wasted suffering when people fail to offer it in union with Jesus’ saving death.
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Take some time this Spring for reflexion in a quiet, prayerful atmosphere. This retreat starting May 31, 2013 will give you time to pray, reflect, enjoy the company of other young women and the Sisters, receive the Sacraments and join us for our Corpus Christi procession.
In order to join us for prayers in chapel, please arrive by 4:30 pm Friday and bring some skirts or dresses for chapel.
We will be happy to pick you up at GreenAirport in Providence, RI or at the train station in New London, CT. Just let us know! Please plan your departure after 11:30 am if you would like a ride back to the airport or train station.
May God guide you during this exciting time of your life and may His Church benefit from the gift of your life whatever His Holy Will is for you. Let us rejoice in our love for God and His Holy Church and pray that God’s Will be done in each of us every day. God bless you and I hope to hear from you very soon!